Press Releases

Lessons from the Field: Are Paramedics Equipped to Manage Behavioral Health Emergencies?

Paramedics are frontline healthcare providers, responding to everyday emergencies from heart attacks and strokes, to public health crises like COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic. While these workers are skilled in life-saving resuscitation and stabilization, a study by BUSSW researchers finds that they are far less prepared in their training to deal with behavioral health issues. …More

BUSSW’S Keefe Develops New Model for Connecting Alumni, Faculty and Agencies

BUSSW’s nationally-known Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) and Professional Education Programs (PEP) will soon be operating under a new overarching model called The Network for Professional Education — an innovative, new entity that will function as a nexus to connect alumni, faculty and external agencies.  The Network will partner with the School’s talented pool of alumni and faculty to create a compendium of teaching and learning opportunities–one that will grow their talents, while sharing their established expertise with organizations nationwide through a new interactive database designed to be a one-stop resource.

Bronwyn Keefe, PhD, MPH, MSW, and director of both programs says, “Our vision is to create something more compelling than just a continuing education platform or a workforce development solution that any other university can replicate. The BUSSW community possesses a unique strength as pioneers of knowledge and impact in the field of social work. This community of expert faculty, researchers, alumni and practitioners, allows us to create a robust resource network the market has not seen before.”

The dramatically changing health care landscape, coupled with evolving complexities in the delivery of patient care, present both a challenge and opportunity for social work professionals. As Keefe explains, “To effectively address these shifting landscapes—specifically within the social work profession—our workforce development efforts require a high degree of connectivity between higher education, and health and social services agencies. Social workers are looking for lifelong learning programs that will help them enhance their skills and knowledge, while state and local agencies are looking for partnerships with academic institutions to build career ladders for their employees. This new model brings all of these groups together in one place.”

BU DL&I‘s Digital Education Incubator will fund this lifelong learning initiative and support the creation of an interactive database designed to engage BU alumni and faculty in nationwide workforce development training. Keefe, also a BUSSW research assistant professor, will serve as the project’s principal investigator with the support of BUSSW colleague and CADER Online Training Manager, Anna Stathopoulou.

During the 24-month grant term, the project team will accomplish the following:

  • Create a lifelong learning database portal that will serve as a “one-stop resource” for training and workforce development efforts offered through BUSSW alumni and faculty;
  • Develop a “Trainer’s Bureau,” listing subject matter experts on a variety of topics—all of whom are alumni and faculty members at BUSSW interested in developing content and providing training across the country;
  • Create a mini-series of online courses designed to ‘train the trainer’ to develop and deliver content and evaluate training outcomes; and
  • Recruit a group from the above-mentioned pool of experts to serve as consultants to state departments and agencies across the country — providing guidance in assessing their workforce training needs and developing programs that will grow their staff’s competencies.

“The Incubator team is excited to support and fund this effort to pilot innovative ways to engage the Boston University alumni network,” says Digital Initiatives Director Romy Ruukel. “By leveraging qualified alumni to provide nationwide workforce development training, this project creates novel opportunities for them to continue to be engaged with BUSSW and to further their knowledge and skills through lifelong learning and graduate opportunities.”

Learn more about the project in this Q&A conducted by DL&I.

Keefe Earns Academic Career Award and New Leadership Role at Massachusetts Gerontology Association

Bronwyn Keefe, research assistant professor and CADER/PEP director, recently received the Geriatrics Academic Career Award (GACA) from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), one of two inaugural social work awardees among twenty-six recipients nationwide. …More

CADER Partners with School of Theology to Train Faith-Based Leaders in Behavioral Health & Aging

Since 2018, the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work has trained faith-based leaders in the area of behavioral health in aging. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Fund, this program was developed in response to the high prevalence rates of behavioral health concerns in older adults and the reality that a majority of older adults who have these concerns do not get necessary services and treatment. …More

Renewed funding given to BU School of Social Work’s CADER

The Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) at Boston University School of Social Work has renewed funding for senior center staff training in mental health and aging. …More

New Funding for BUSSW’s CADER Expands Behavioral Health and Aging Training for Senior Centers in Three States

Professor Bronwyn Keefe from Boston University School of Social Work’s (BUSSW) Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) expands training and evaluation initiatives across the country with new funding from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF). The latest grant focuses on workforce training for senior center staff in Wisconsin, enabling CADER to expand its innovative training model beyond sites in Florida and Illinois. …More

CADER’s Keefe Offers Expertise on Resources for Older Adults’ Behavioral Health

The Boston Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) will bring together local aging, behavioral health, and homeless services providers for a meeting to address behavioral health among older adults in Boston. …More

Boston University Researchers to Evaluate the Intersection Between Suicide and Opioid Use

Boston University School of Social Work’s (BUSSW) Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (CISWH) has launched a new research project focused on preventing suicide among people who use opioids. “Research shows that opioid use disorders have a distinctly strong relationship with suicide as compared with other substance use disorders,” said Bronwyn Keefe, PhD, MSW, MPH, research assistant professor at BUSSW and principal investigator for the project. …More

BU School of Social Work’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research Receives Grant Renewal to Confront ‘Single Largest Unaddressed Public Health Threat in the 21st Century’

Following significant positive results from their first training of healthcare workers across Massachusetts that concluded in June 2018, BUSSW’s CADER has received a grant renewal from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Services’ Administration for Community Living, The renewal calls for CADER to train an additional 100 healthcare workers across the Commonwealth.More

CADER Joins Leading Eldercare Alliance to Prevent Workforce Crisis in Aging America

BUSSW’s Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER), known for bringing online training and certificate programs to over 20,000 eldercare professionals since 2002, will join the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, created in response to a report by The Institute of Medicine predicting an impending workforce crisis spurred by America’s aging population, which will nearly double from 2005 to 2030.

As national acclaim and implementation of CADER’s workforce training grows, BU School of Social Work will become the first academic organization to join the Alliance, a coalition of 31 national and federal organizations dedicated to strengthening eldercare services in the United States.

Other national leaders in social services belonging to the Alliance include the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, AARP, and the American Psychological Association.

New Grant for CADER Expands State-of-the-Art Behavioral Health Training for Professionals Who Work with Older Adults 

Boston, MA (September 12, 2018) –The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) expands training and evaluation initiatives across the country with the help of a new grant. The one-year, $115,000 grant from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) focuses on workforce training for senior center staff in Florida and Illinois, enabling CADER to expand its innovative training model… Read More

BU’s Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research Wins National Award for Innovative Training Program 

Boston, MA (January 25, 2018) – The Boston University Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research (CADER) has been selected by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging as a winner of the Promising Practices Award, which highlights organizations that are moving away from conventional practices by developing and implementing new and innovative approaches in aging well or long-term care and senior living communities. CADER was chosen as a winner based on their training program for professionals who work with older adults. The training teaches people to recognize and respond to older individuals with behavioral health concerns—an area often unaddressed in aging services.

A full complimentary report on the 2017 Promising Practices winners and honorable mentions, Innovation at Work 2017 is available for download here


WATERTOWN, MA (August 1, 2017)  – Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a two-year grant of $138,889 to Trustees of Boston University to create community outreach and educational campaigns focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness and social isolation. The grant reflects the Foundation’s commitment to building healthier communities by promoting collaboration and improving systems and best practices….Read More

CADER Case Management Certification Creates Statewide Standard of Care for Older New Yorkers

Albany, NY (April 4, 2017)—New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) Acting Director Greg Olsen has announced the completion of a statewide effort to enhance the qualifications for professional care managers who serve older adults across New York State. More than 500 current care managers have completed the mandatory program, which was rolled out in February 2016….Read More

CADER Launches Two-Year Clergy Training Program Responding to Older Adult Mental Health Needs

On March 21, the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) officially launched a two-year grant-funded program aimed at building the capacity of clergy to address the behavioral health needs of older adults by developing a training program for diverse faith-based leaders throughout Massachusetts. This program, funded by the MA Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Fund, builds upon CADER’s experience in workforce development and training in the area of behavioral health and aging….Read More